Just because a friend had a good outcome with a surgeon in no way suggests that this is a good surgeon.
Remember, a horrible surgeon with a 50% complication rate gets it right 50% of the time. So if this surgeon did 100 surgeries last year, there are 50 patients walking around telling their friends they went to a great doctor. Yet this doctor is actually one of the most dangerous in the country.
As amazing as it sounds, there is no system in place for preventing bad surgeons from operating. There is no national board the supervises surgeries nor is there a requirement for surgeons to report their complications. Equally as scary, the worst surgeons can advertise themselves as experts. These same surgeons often speak to patients with great confidence and are dishonest about their success and complication rates. Many bad surgeons don’t even know how bad they are. Although their denial may be healthy for them, it is not healthy of you.
We have developed the Honesty In Surgery form. The HonestyInSurgery form may be the only way for you to protect yourself from the bad surgeon. Present this simple form to your surgeon and ask he or she to fill it out and return it to you. It takes less then one minute to fill out. It requires your surgeon to be honest about their surgical experience (or lie in writing). If your surgeon is unwilling to fill it out, this may be the first warning sign. Make sure you keep the completed form.
Secondary to the extraordinarily high number of complications with mesh surgery, the first form we have created pertains to surgeons performing mesh and sling surgeries.
More forms will be available soon.